Brian Dassler is a recognized former teacher and principal. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida (B.A. 2001 and a M.Ed. 2002) where he was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus twice and where he is currently a doctoral candidate. In 2006, while teaching at Stranahan High School, Brian was named teacher of the year in Broward County, Florida, the nation’s sixth largest school system. The youngest
person ever to receive the award, Brian taught English for five years and was also a founding teacher of the Urban Teacher Academy Program. Brian was the principal of KIPP Renaissance High School, a part of the nationally recognized KIPP network of public charter schools and chief academic officer for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students. At KIPP, Brian’s work has created the foundation for 1000 first generation college graduates by 2022, and at NOCCA Brian’s leadership resulted in the school being named an “A” school and one of the highest performing open enrollment high schools in Louisiana. An alumnus of Leadership Florida and a former member of the boards of the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida PTA, the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board and others, Brian returned to his home state of Florida in January 2014 to be a champion of and advocate for excellent teaching as deputy chancellor of educator quality for the Florida Department of Education. Brian’s essays on education and school reform, many of them written with his mentor David Colburn, have been
published by the Tampa Bay Times, The Gainesville Sun, The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, among others.